Saturday, December 15, 2012

Ode to a Blog Sabbatical: Sharpening the Saw!

Season’s greetings to you.  I hope this blog post finds you healthy, happy and ready for holiday cheer!  If you have been a frequent visitor to McCurry’s Corner in the past, then you already know I have not written a new blog post in quite some time.  (15 months or so)

What led to this extended absence from blogging?  Quite simply I needed a break.  Similar to a computer, I needed a reboot, some time to reflect and re-energize myself.

Sharpening the Saw — Self Renewal

Steven Covey, in his award winning book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” cites Habit #7 as experiencing times of reflection, or “Sharpening the Saw”.

“Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have–you. It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in the four areas of your life: physical, social/emotional, mental, and spiritual.  Living a life in balance means taking the necessary time to renew yourself.

You can renew yourself through relaxation. Or you can totally burn yourself out by overdoing everything. You can pamper yourself mentally and spiritually. Or you can go through life oblivious to your well-being. You can experience vibrant energy. Or you can procrastinate and miss out on the benefits of good health and exercise. You can revitalize yourself and face a new day in peace and harmony. Or you can wake up in the morning full of apathy because your get-up-and-go has got-up-and-gone. “ … Steven Covey

The great news is my saw is now sharpened.  During my sabbatical from the blogosphere, I accomplished three things:

  1. Career — Spent some significant time focusing on my real job, (blogging is a hobby and not part of my job) as the role and expectations of my position have changed significantly over the past couple of years.
  2. Personal — Addressed some health, wellness and life balance issues that emerged.
  3. Strategize — Re-evaluated my goals and strategy for this blog.

An Expanded Focus for McCurry’s Corner Blog!

Since it’s inception, my vision of this blog has always been about two things:

  • How Can I Help You? — Providing information to help you navigate through life’s journey.
  • Shared Knowledge and Opinions — Stimulate a conversation with you, my readers, with the hope of capturing your viewpoints, insight  and knowledge on mutual topics of interest.

The context, for many of my blog posts has been the Meetings & Events Business, and Technology.  In the future, I plan to continue that tradition.  I also plan to expand my writing focus on more personal topics, such as Life Balance, Wellness, and Personal Growth Issues.

My plan is to write about topics of interest that will hopefully get you thinking,  and stimulate a conversation.  How does that sound to you?  Please share your feedback … I would love to hear it!  Most important let’s have some fun with this.



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Anne Thornley-Brown, M.B.A. @executiveoasis December 15, 2012 at 9:19 am

Great to see you back Mike. I had been looking for you a while back. I wanted to invite you to join the Triberr tribe for event planners but noticed you weren’t blogging. Glad to see you again and look forward to great blogs in the future.

Welcome back!


Michael M McCurry CMP December 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Thanks Anne … its good to be back on the circuit and look forward to interacting once again with you regarding topics of interest.

Hope your holiday is awesome!


Dave Lutz December 16, 2012 at 8:54 am

Hey Mike, great to see you back in the game. Love when you share your insights! Looking forward to hearing what you’ve learned over the past 15 months.


Michael M McCurry CMP December 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Thanks Dave … I’ve got lots to talk about so stay tuned!

Happy Holidays.



Louise Pochelski December 16, 2012 at 9:19 pm

Your FB posts are sometimes informative, sometimes witty, but always interesting . . . I expect your blog will be, too!! (no pressure! LOL)


Michael M McCurry CMP December 17, 2012 at 6:29 am

Hi Louise,

Thanks for stopping by McCurry’s Corner. Look forward to interacting with you here, just as I do in Facebook.

Stay tuned … and no pressure felt :)



Sue Pelletier December 21, 2012 at 8:57 am

Welcome back, Mike! We missed your wit and wisdom and always interesting perspectives. I look forward to reading more of your insights on both your traditional and your new areas of interest.


Michael M McCurry CMP January 3, 2013 at 5:55 am

Sue, so sorry for delay in responding to your comment. Thanks for the warm welcome back. I am working on getting my writing routine going again so stay tuned.

Happy New Year!



Julius Solaris January 9, 2013 at 2:48 am

I spotted this late, but glad I did spot it. Welcome back Mike, you’ve been missed.

I took sabbatical myself from different media and it usually helps a lot.

Looking forward to reading great content.



Michael M McCurry CMP January 9, 2013 at 7:03 am

Hello Julius, thanks for stopping by and commenting. I am looking forward to getting this site ramped up again. It’s just gonna take some time to get myself organized.

Stay tuned.




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